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November 2018 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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1st Two (adult, 3cy) Caspian Gulls were found in the roost (CwS).
2nd The gull roost held 2 adult Caspian Gulls, a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull (CwS).
S 3rd A Chiffchaff and a Tawny Owl were at the Swag and an adult Caspian Gull and adult Mediterranean Gull roosted (CwS).
S 4th Only the adult Mediterranean Gull was of note in a much reduced gull roost (CwS).
5th On the Swag there were 6 Mute Swans, 39 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 5 Mallard, 3 Shovelers, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 14 Moorhens whilst 18 Little Grebes and 4 Goosanders were counted on the main lake (GE). Another reduced roost included an adult Caspian Gull and an influx of 6 (2 1cy, 2cy, 3cy, 2 adult) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
On a very foggy Cuckoo Bank, 30 bird species were noted including a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Stonechat, Yellowhammer, Redwings and 23 Song Thrushes (GH).
6th An adult Mediterranean Gull was on the South Shore and 13 Goosanders, 6 Goldeneye, 29 Teal, 56 Lapwings and 12 Snipe were also noted (GE).
7th Two (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
8th An adult Yellow-legged Gull, 14 Goosanders, 8 Goldeneye and 8 Cormorants were present during the day (GE) and during the evening an adult Caspian Gull, 4 (2 adult, 3cy, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 (adult, 1cy) Mediterranean Gulls roosted (CwS).
9th The roost held an adult Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
S 10th  The roost held an adult Caspian Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and a 2cy Caspian x Herring Gull hybrid (CwS).
At Kingswood there was a 1cy Caspian Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull (CwS).
S 11th Four (adult, 4cy, 3cy, 1cy) Caspian Gulls roosted including the 1cy bird present at Kingswood yesterday (CwS).
12th The very large (at least 8000 large gulls) roost held an impressive 5 (3 adult, 3cy, 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
At Kingswood there were 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and a 1cy Caspian Gull was flushed by a Buzzard and flew west (CwS).
13th The monthly WeBS count produced 55 Mute Swans, 22 Canada Geese, 44 Wigeon, 25 Gadwall, 62 Teal, 98 Mallard, 2 Shovelers, 1 Pochard, 344 Tufted Ducks, 7 Goldeneye, 6 Goosanders, 29 Cormorants, 5 Grey Herons, 19 Little Grebes, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Moorhens, 808 Coot and 78 Lapwings. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was amongst over 200 large gulls north of the island, a Willow Tit was at the end of Fly Bay and a very late Common Darter was still on the wing. A fairly brief look through the large gull roost produced a 4cy Caspian Gull (GE).
14th The roost held 3 (2 adult, 4cy) Caspian Gulls and 3 (2 adult, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (CwS).
15th Two (adult, 3cy) Caspian Gulls and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls roosted (CwS).
16th Two (adult, 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 4 (2 adult, 3cy, 1cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted: the 2cy Caspian and 3cy Yellow-legged were new birds (CwS).
S 17th An Avocet was present off the Sailing Club and 4 (2 adult, 3cy, 1cy) Caspian Gulls and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls were in the roost (JA, CwS)
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